Sunday, November 02, 2008

In Our Lifetime

I'm so excited about voting on Tuesday!

I mean, I've voted before but this time is different because it's for Barack Obama. Who'd have thought that "in our lifetime" we'd be on the verge of electing a president who happens to be black. So exciting.

My sister and I were talking about my dad who died a couple years ago, and how excited and proud he would have been for this "in our lifetime" moment. I'm sure many of your families have had similar "in our lifetime" discussions around the kitchen table. I'm sure many of your friends and families are cautiously optimistic that Tuesday will turn out the way we'd like, in terms of making history and electing Barack Obama.

I'm a morning voter. Generally there between 7 and 7:15 am. My polling place isn't very busy. It's a senior citizen home. It's Southern California. I know my area will go Democratic and progressive on many issues, including No on Prop 4 and No on Prop 8.

Once we make this milestone on Tuesday, what other "in our lifetimes" will we aspire to? And will this milestone be the motivation so many in our communities need to strive for their goals and dreams... and see that they are possible?

Some of my favorites watching/thinking/worrying about the election:
Diary of an Anxious Black Woman: Planning an Election Party

Aunt Jemima's Revenge: has TONS of great commentary pieces on the election season... read all the blog if you've got time!

Tayari Jones will be in Ghana on Election Day, but shared her election thoughts before leaving.


TJ Alexander said...

thanks Fred for all your posts. I read you regularly and just wanted to holla. Be encouraged, bro. You are being read. Im a black author in Philly. Your blog is a must-read for young black authors. Thanks for all the information and the energy. I like your vibe.

KB said...

Detroit is so excited. in almost the same week we saw the worse we have to offer-Kwame hauled off to the jailhouse. this week we will see the best we have to offer packing for the White House. can't wait to vote!

deonte' k said...

I can't wait to get out and vote tomorrow myself man. ;)

thegayte-keeper said...

I am excited for America...

JACK said...

I had to vote early - it was such a thrill! I took my kids with me and they were so excited to vote for Obama. How great it was.

I'm excited to find a well written blog, too! (lol, was that mean?)

Jamar Herrod said...

The anticipation is big..all eyes on the election for today. I did early voting as well and I am proud that I can share in this part of history. Please check out my blog when you get a chance. Much love Fred.